What: Boulder Economic Summit
When: 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Wolf Law Building at University of Colorado-Boulder, 2450 Kittredge Loop Road
Cost: $65 pre-registered ($60 Boulder Chamber members), includes light breakfast and free parking
When the Boulder Economic Summit kicks off Wednesday, the annual event will do so with a broader scope than in past years.
Event organizers are putting a wider lens on the previously Boulder-centric event to address what they call a "crossroads" for the Boulder region and the state of Colorado. Federal spending cuts and state budget limitations could have severe implications for the Front Range's wealth of research institutions and schools, said Clif Harald, executive director of the Boulder Economic Council.
"Colorado has been a beneficiary of decades worth of investment," Harald said. "But because we have that remarkable concentration, we're also more vulnerable than other states in seeing impacts from those cuts."
To further dialogue about the potential local and regional effects of outside factors such as sequestration, the Boulder Economic Council gathered a wide variety of speakers -- including U.S. legislators, chiefs of national labs and university leaders -- for its 2013 Boulder Economic Summit.
A couple-hundred people are expected to attend the event, which is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Wolf Law Building on the University of Colorado campus.
"There's a sense of growing urgency we're all feeling about public investment -- meaning state and federal government investment -- in our research ecosystem," Harald said. " ... Decades of investment in those institutions is at risk."
There are several themes for this year's summit, Harald said, noting those include acknowledging the concentration and research capabilities of universities and labs; highlighting the threats to publicly funded research; and examining and potentially inspiring public-private partnerships.
Among the speakers and panelists at the event are: U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo.; U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder; Dr. Dan Theodorescu, director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center; Michael Martin, chancellor of Colorado State University; and Mark Sirangelo, CEO of Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems.
In addition to the speeches and presentations -- including the discussion of findings from a recent National Research Council report on "Research Universities and the Future of America" -- the event will include industry-specific sessions on aerospace, bioscience and cleantech.
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